Black Asterisk at Auckland Art Fair

Tony Lane and Michael Springer
May 25 to May 29
Monte Testaccio.

The Auckland Art Fair is back this year from May 25 – 29 at The Cloud, Queen’s Wharf. This is Auckland’s biggest art event of 2016, bringing to our doorstep 40 national and international galleries. Black Asterisk will be among the ranks of some of the finest contemporary art dealers in this hemisphere. Due to the limited space available, we have chosen two featured artists whose work will be on display in our booth, and to represent the rest of our stable, we will be producing a graphic publication.

Tony Lane is, of course, one of the exhibiting artists we will be showcasing. His April exhibition ‘Cuba St Revisited’ is a forerunning preview of what’s to come, giving our Wellington-based followers a part of the action. Lane has been ingrained in the trajectory of New Zealand’s public and private galleries since the inception of his artistic career in the 1970’s. European art history is an obvious love affair with the artist, encouraged and strengthened by his travels and residency there. Lane’s monumental works are characterised by a highly internalised symbolic language coupled with a painterly technique based on texture, light and layers. His works are held in both public and private collections worldwide.

Michael Springer is the second represented artist we will be including at the Auckland Art Fair this year. Springer’s artistic career is relatively fresh, and his works have been quickly developing since his recent spate of nationwide activity. Located in rural Banks Peninsular, Springer has adopted a primitivism in his work that is nonetheless guided by painterly sophistication. The intuitive painting process turns fluid shapes and colours into archetypal figures that form a homologous surface. Since the start of 2015, Springer has held solo exhibitions in Christchurch, Auckland and Dunedin, and taken out first place in the Edinburgh Art Awards in Dunedin.